Somaliland Government Condemns Turkey Coup Attempt

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By Gulaid Dalha

“this coup attempt has been illegal as Erdogan’s government is elected democratically.” A Press Release By Ministry Of Foreing Affairs, Republic of Somaliland 

Hargeisa (Somali Commentator) Somaliland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Saad Ali Shire, has strongly condemned the Turkey Coup Attempt that had failed in Istanbul on Saturday morning. Talking to the press in his office, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations said that his government is, in the strongest terms, condemning the coup de tat attempt that failed after civilians triumphed the plotters. Dr Saad said that this coup attempt has been illegal as Erdogan’s government is elected democratically. Dr Saad Ali Shire, Somaliland’s FM, also pointed out that the president of Somaliland, H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamoud is in safe and sound place.

  • On Friday night a faction of the Turkish military to overthrow Erdoğan, and tanks, helicopters and soldiers clashed with police and protesters in the streets of Istanbul and Ankara.
  • Erdoğan delivered  to the nation, calling on people to resist the coup and defend their democracy. Thousands turned out, and the president landed in Istanbul, where he denounced the “treason” by the rebellious faction.
  • Parliament was struck by at least one bomb, and graphic videos and photos social media showed clashes, surrenders and chaos. Helicopters fired at people on the ground, mobs grappled with soldiers, and tanks barreled through crowds or were overrun by protesters. On Saturday the defense minister said the control was fully in control of the government.
  • At least 265 people were killed in the violence and at least 1,440 wounded. Prime minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday that 161 “martyrs” were killed, including civilians and police. The general acting as chief of staff, Umit Dundar, said earlier in the day that 104 “coup plotters” were killed in the fighting.
  • Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and other world leaders condemned the coup. “All parties in Turkey should support the democratically-elected government of Turkey, show restraint, and avoid any violence or bloodshed,” the US president said.

The aftermath

  • Authorities arrested 2,839 army members and ordered 2,745 judges and prosecutors detained, as of accused conspirators.
  • Erdoğan deport from his home in Pennsylvania. Secretary of state John Kerry said the US would consider extradition but required evidence of the imam’s wrongdoing.
  • Gülen in a rare interview with the Guardian and other reporters, and suggested that Erdoğan could have staged the coup. He also condemned the coup attempt, saying, “now that Turkey is on the path to democracy, it cannot turn back.”
  • Turkey  from a base near the southern border, which the foreign minister said was because conspirators had been stationed there. He promised that air strikes from the base would resume after anti-coup operations, but the halt has disrupted the campaign against jihadi militants in Syria.
  • Yildirim said that Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty to punish coup-plotters and the “black stain” they had left on the nation’s democracy.
  • Turkey’s four major parties denounced the attempted coup, including those that have vehemently opposed Erdoğan’s AKP. But fears remained that the pro-democracy protests

Anti-coup demonstrations returned to the streets of Istanbul and Ankara, where police restored order and a celebratory mood reigned. Injured people still waited for medical care at Ankara’s biggest hospital, and people Two Turkish majors, a captain and five privates requested asylum in Greece after landing in a military helicopter. Greece’s defense ministry acknowledged a landing near Alexandroupolis, and said the passengers were arrested for illegal entry.

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